Preparing the Management Side of Ministry for Growth

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Blueprint

Have you ever visited a construction site before the walls are finished and the dry wall is put into place?  If so, you’ve probably noticed the myriad of wires and pipes woven into the hidden recesses of the building.  These items provide ventilation, internet connectivity, plumbing, security system monitoring, and much more. We don’t think […]


What to Do When Deadlines Are Pressing In On You

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Deadlines

Right now many deadlines are pressing in on me. Has that ever happened to you? I remember when the only pressure I had was that of sermon preparation for Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. While those deadlines were pressing in on me weekly and it was real, it seems the longer I am […]


How to Avoid Hiring a Staff Infection

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Not Hiring

In most cases, your church’s hiring practices will have major ramifications that reach beyond your awareness. It’s not just a matter of whether a candidate can do the job or not. The real impact of your hiring decision will be seen in: How they interact with your church members Whether they make the people around […]


5 Features Every Great Church Website Needs

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The Oaks

We might as well admit it. We all judge a book by its cover. But in our defense, before we’ve opened the book, the cover is all we have. Facades serve as an invitation. The path leading up to your front door is an invitation to come inside and have a look. If the cover, […]


6 Reasons to Preach the Word About Money

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Money

As a Pastor, I’m well aware of how many people have the assumption that “all Pastors want to talk about is money.” The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands of pastors, I can firmly assert that talking about money is one of our least favorite things to do, […]


Lead Better by Improving the Way You Communicate

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Never Persuasive When Abrasive

You can’t lead a church, evangelize a community, or do business without communicating. And the better you become as a communicator, the better you become as a leader, and the better the team you lead becomes as a result. That means to get ahead you’ve got to continually work on your communication skills. Probably 75% of the problems we face, at home, at work, and at church are related to poor communication with family members, church members, your clients, or your coworkers. Poor communication is also the most frequently mentioned problem in marriage counseling. Here are three things you must give up in order to grow as a communicator.


Four Ways Churches Are Doing Leadership Wrong

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Controlling Leaders

I have always been fascinated with leadership. I read leadership blogs, buy leadership books and watch leadership videos. I love the leadership concepts the church has leveraged over the past 30 years for Kingdom effectiveness. Lately, however, I have been struggling with the disconnect I see between some of the leadership models in the church and the […]


Meeting Your Ministry Budget Over the Summer

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Money Truck

Pastor, let me ask you a very important question: What is your strategy to meet your Ministry Budget this summer? Do you want to meet it? Do you expect to meet it? I want to share with you an idea we have practiced for years. With the exception of two years during the last twenty […]


The Aftermath of a Church Building Program: Six Keys to Success

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Clearview Church

I find great joy in hearing the stories of churches that had successful building programs. By “successful” I do not mean just the adequate funding and completion of the project. I mean that the church continues to have a momentum in ministry, outward focus, and internal unity. Unfortunately, a number of churches complete a building […]


3 Bad Systems Your Church Desperately Needs

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Cogs

A bad system is better than no system at all. I love what I heard Andy Stanley said once, “Your system is perfectly suited for the results you’re getting.” It’s quite easy to have no system and therefore have practically no results. So, a bad system that produces “bad” results is at least a place […]


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